Salisbury man faces felony charges for dozens of residential, vehicle break-ins

Published 1:29 pm Thursday, June 25, 2020

SALISBURY — Rowan County Sheriff’s Office investigators say a Salisbury man faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after being tied to dozens of residential and vehicle break-ins throughout the county.

Ernie Waine Webb Jr., 19, of Birch Street, was charged with three counts of felony breaking and entering a building, one count of misdemeanor breaking and entering, 10 counts of felony breaking and entering vehicles, one count of felony larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny, felony larceny of a firearm, four counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count of misdemeanor injury to personal property.

Several residents near Oddie, Brown Acres, Providence, Fish Pond roads reported their vehicles or homes were broken into over the course of a three-day period from June 18 to June 20. One resident said he captured a man on video with his carport security camera. In the video, a man was shown opening the passenger side of an unlocked vehicle, rummaging through it for a few minutes and then leaving.

A still image of the video was shown to other law enforcement agencies and officers within the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Sifford said.

A Rowan County sheriff’s deputy identified the man shown in the video as someone he’d encountered while responding to a suspicious person call on June 18 on Providence Church Road, near Oddie Road. The suspicious person went to a home in the 200 block of Providence Road at 7:40 a.m. and asked the owner if the person had seen a friend he was looking for, Sifford said.

Immediately after, the homeowner called 911. A deputy in the area spotted a man at walking nearby at 7:45 a.m. The officer determined the man to be Webb.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a woman on a morning walk found a camouflage hunting bag, a 16-gauge shotgun and binoculars tucked into a wooded area. A man who lived in the 6000 block of Fish Pond Road said his Remington 870 16-gauge shotgun was stolen from his home along with his hunting bag that contained various items. A man reported on Fish Pond Road that his wife’s vehicle and a pickup were broken into, and it appeared nothing was taken from both vehicles.

Several vehicles at a Brown Acres Road apartment complex were broken into, but nothing was taken except $22 and playing cards from one vehicle, Sifford said.

Webb has since been released from the Rowan County jail under a $40,000 secured bond.